For the past several years, Topic has been constantly growing in the German house music scene. Ever since the release of his debut single, “Light It Up” in 2014, Topic has released banger after banger. One of those bangers came from his debut album Miles and it is his 2015 hit, “Home“, with Nico Santos that got certified Gold in Germany and Platinum in Australia. Topic even got nominated for “Best German Artist” at the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards. On Dec. 19, 2019, Topic released his latest single, “Breaking Me”, with Swedish producer A7S. Here is the exclusive interview with Topic as he discussed “Breaking Me”, his career’s beginnings, and his favorite DJs.
Kenny Ngo: How did you get into DJing?
Topic: I owe it to my former music teacher that I became a DJ at all. At school, we had to choose between art and music. I did not find school to be particularly exciting in general and when it came to deciding between art and music, I was neither enthusiastic about one nor the other. I only chose music class because I knew that the music teacher was ahead of time and I knew he had planned a project where we could use music programs on computers. As I was young of course, I was drawn to media. That was it! I got stuck on that and also started producing at home.
For a while I only produced for others and tried out all sorts of genres: hip hop, house, dance, pop etc.
I experimented a lot and started producing something for myself – just for fun at first. This resulted in the single “Light it Up” with Jona Selle and I was blown away by the positive feedback. I didn’t even think about being a DJ and performing then. However, the demand grew with each single. And now I´m here!
I love music and being a DJ. I find it exciting that every performance is different in it’s very own way. You get to travel and meet various people with different vibes to which you have to react.
Who were your favorite DJs before you started your music career?
Swedish House Mafia, Avicii & Deadmau5 had the most influence!
You released your debut album, Miles, in 2015. Are you planning to release a new album soon?
I’ve got so many unreleased tracks on my laptop that I could probably put out 20 albums. In the past few years, I was kinda experimenting and have challenged myself a lot to define my own style. The songs I recently produced and which I am currently working on have a common thread and a consistent line. So I now have the feeling that an album could possibly result from this.
One of your tracks on Miles is titled “Home” featuring Nico Santos and it was certified Platinum in Australia and Gold in Germany. How did you feel about that?
Simply incredible! I liked the track right from the get go, it just felt “right”. I could never have imagined that this would turn into something so big! It’s crazy how one song can change your career & life so quick.
How did you feel about being nominated for “Best German Artist” at the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards?
It was crazy! As a child, I always used to watch the EMA’s. Being nominated was so sick!
How was it like working with Swedish producer A7S while producing your latest track, “Breaking Me”?
A7S is actually a singer! It is always fun to work with Swedes on dance music. Somehow they got it in their genes haha.
What is the background of the “Breaking Me” track?
“Breaking Me” is about a situation in a relationship with a certain dependency, in which one always gives a little more and “breaks” because of that. When writing a song, you sit together as a group and everyone talks about what currently goes on in their lives and what moves them. These topics are processed in songs. However, a song itself is not always about a certain situation that has been experienced by yourself – but an emotion that many might know and could empathize with.
What were your favorite moments while producing “Breaking Me”?
After the first songwriting session in Berlin, we didn’t work on the track for almost 2 months because we got stuck until we decided to work on it during a songwriting trip in Miami. The best moment has to be when we got into the car after finishing the song, turned up the volume and everyone instantly loved the track! I always do it this way: when I think a track is finished, I listen to it loudly while driving. It has to be “car-approved”. I think everyone can relate to this feeling, when you just love a tune and drive around, while losing yourself in it.
In your opinion, how do you describe your own musical style?
Dance music with emotional/melancholic influences. I like to call it “melancholic dance music”. Songs which bring up various kinds of emotion but at the same time you just can’t stop your body from moving.
Which music festivals do you want to perform at in the future?
That’s easy – quite simply: Coachella, UMF, Tomorrowland!